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Elearning App of the month – Zoom

Each month we write about our favourite elearning apps … and this month it’s the video-conference system called Zoom !Zoom describes itself as a video conferencing and web conferencing service.

It’s everything you might expect from a cloud based video conferencing system, including high quality audio and video, screen sharing, whiteboard with annotation, messaging, and recording.

The Zoom team have done a great job in making things easy, and eve if you have never used it before after 10 minutes you will be up and running.

We particularly like the fact that there are Zoom Apps for iOS and Android – and these are good, not just pale imitations of the web browser experience.  Even better, there are clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux !

Surprisingly, even the free level has great features including:

  • Host up to 100 participants
  • Unlimited 1 to 1 meetings
  • Unlimited number of meetings
  • Online support

There is a 40 minute limit on group meetings at the free level.

One of the reasons we use Zoom for our ElearningWorld monthly web-meetings is that a participant does not require a Zoom account in order to join a meeting – this makes it SO easy to reach new people, or indeed meet with people who are not so technically savvy.

There are alternatives out there.  And no piece of software provides the solution that everyone wants, or needs.  But if you are looking to use a video-conference or live meeting provision to go alongside our Moodle e-learning courses for example, then Zoom has to be worth a look, and the free level and clients will give you enough to get a real feel for the service 🙂

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

2 thoughts on “Elearning App of the month – Zoom

  • Emily Smith

    Thank you for providing this valuable information about educational apps in this fantastic blog. I frequently check your site for new entries and will continue to share articles about app development after reading this one.

  • Interesting to see you use Zoom too – it’s got a lot better over the last couple of years 🙂


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